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BJP big fish in sadhvi net

AS UJJAIN is all decked up for the launch of Uma Bharti?s new political outfit on Sunday, State BJP vice-president Raghunandan Sharma resigned from the party and announced his decision to join the ranks of the sadhvi.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 14:19 IST

AS UJJAIN is all decked up for the launch of Uma Bharti’s new political outfit on Sunday, State BJP vice-president Raghunandan Sharma resigned from the party and announced his decision to join the ranks of the sadhvi.

Accusing the BJP leadership of neglecting party workers and pursuing anti-people policies, Sharma told reporters that he decided to quit the party “with great pain’’. Sharma said many other leaders were feeling ‘suffocated’ in the BJP. Sharma, however, will not snap his links with the RSS.

Sources close to Uma said her outfit was likely to be named Bharatiya Janshakti Party. PTI reports. “Since she wanted to take the BJP head-on, she has carefully crafted the name of her party as Bharatiya Janshakti Party,” sources said, adding, “the new party would the best alternative to those leaders and workers not happy with the BJP. The new party will also protect their Hindutva identity.”

Leaders of 14 parties, including Apna Dal, Samata Dal, Swarna Samaj Party and Gondwana Gantantra Party, Delhi strongman Madan Lal Khurana, former Union minister Sanghpriya Gautam and former state minister Gauri Shankar Shejwar will be present at the launch of the party, they said.

Uma today went with her supporters to Dhar to offer prayers at the disputed Bhojshala and also at Vijay Stambh near the Dusshera Maidan.

Ruling out any truck with the BJP, Uma said she was willing to join like-minded parties of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to form a government in the State and the Centre.

She was finalising her party constitution at Dhar, the city of Raja Bhoj. Uma told reporters that her aim was to provide good governance and work for the poor. “Some likeminded parties of the NDA can join hands with me to form the governments,” the sadhvi said.

She said she left the BJP in protest against the hijacking of the party by a handful power brokers and not because she was denied the chief minister’s chair for a second time.

Raghunandan Sharma, who handed over his resignation addressed to party’s State chief Satyanarayan Jatia, to office secretary, Tapan Bhaumik this morning, said he had been writing to senior party leaders to bring the BJP back on the rails.

He released a letter written to Kailash Joshi, BJP leader in charge of the State, on December 12, 2004. He said that after Uma’s party was floated, he would call upon the BJP leaders feeling ‘suffocated’ to switch sides.